This is more evidence of the independence people in the 21st century encourage in both women and men. Walt Disney's Cinderella and Andy Tennant's Ever After are both based on the original Cinderella stories. However, because both of them were released in very different times, many differences mark the two versions, though they keep many of the key elements that appeal to such a wide audience over the centuries. In both stories, Cinderella is a beautiful, young lady with a kind heart. Ever After, however, adds intelligence and courage to these qualities.
Her poems take a look into a more personal, often feminist side of things. Often found in her poems are topics like depression, turmoil, and even death. Cinderella, as told by Sexton, involves all three of these things. Disney’s version, on the other hand, modernizes the original Grimms’ tale and turns it into a romantic, charming fairy tale. Anne Sexton’s poem of “Cinderella” begins with several scenarios about people who go from being unfortunate and poor to being extremely lucky and wealthy later in their lives.
Finally, happily ever after will prove that no matter the hardships these characters are exposed to they will strive to the end and get their happily ever after. The main correlation of these fairytales can be proven in relation to their plot and themes. Through the plot one is able to see how all the fairytales use a hidden interconnectedness to tell their stories. The consanguinity is finally seen in the theme of the fairytales which is the ideology how women will given up anything in order to find true love. In order for the young girls to conceive this notion on what love is a girl first needs to make an innocent sacrifice.
An underdog of magical proportions, a victim who overcomes adversity, Cinderella is one of the most used archetypes in all of modern adaptations of fairy tales. Ella Enchanted, a 2004 film adaptation of the genre, was directed by Tommy O’Haver and is a fantasy romantic comedy the follows a young woman named Ella on a journey to self-discovery, empowerment, and ultimately to a life of happiness. By using characteristics of the Cinderella genre along with modern adaptations involving female strength, Ella Enchanted gives a new look on what it exactly means to be a modern Cinderella in a world that would rather keep women subordinated. The Cinderella genre is a general plot structure that follows an oppressed young woman who is eventually met
Charlotte Bronte spins her own Cinderella tale through the text of Jane Eyre to reveal that the goodhearted girl who is kept down by society does in fact succeed in the end. Although Jane is held back by her family and society in general, her true virtue and goodness help her overcome her struggles and rise above... ... middle of paper ... .... She chooses to take the focus away from the importance of outer features and concentrate on the inner beauty and strength of her characters. This thematic element can be related to Beauty and the Beast. Charlotte Bronte definitely links her story with Cinderella in many ways. She chooses however to twist the ideas found in this tale and show that goodness and virtue can be rewarded without the aide of outer beauty or even fairy Godmothers.
The idea that wanting to be all that is “Princess” can lead to false expectations, equates to what Orenstein says is a “preoccupation with body and beauty” and what Twenge said will lead to narcissism and entitlement (327). Think of girls who suffer from anorexia in an effort to be what they see up on the billboards. However, it is always easier to find blame with outside sources like Disney than to focus within, although, there are extenuating circumstances to every example. If mom finds that her little girl needs the “Cinderella” accessories to fix low self-worth problems, then the problem probably stems from issues within her peer group or her home life. If this is so, how can a person decide which is a cause and which is an effect?
In Perrault’s “Cinderella,” Cinderella showed the stepsisters “a thousand civilities,” even after they were cruel to her (Perrault 239). Then after the two stepsisters tried to falsely claim Cinderella’s slipper, she showed that she forgave them by marring “them to two great lords of the Court” (Perrault 240). Cinderella showed how to forgive even though her two stepsisters were cruel to her, which is a lesson that every young reader should learn. This is one of the reasons that this version of “Cinderella” is the most
As children, most of our life lessons are acquired through the simplicity of fairy tales. Subliminal messages taught us to always believe in true love and in the eternal victory of good over evil. This is the case in the Brothers Grimm’s “Cinderella”, a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression followed by triumphant reward, where true love conquers all and eventually sets the world right. Cinderella is a fallen princess who finally meets with tough reality, bearing headstrong grit and perseverance. She proves that by entrusting one’s self and instincts, one can then achieve anything they put their minds to.
Fairy Tales have been around for generations and generations. Our parents have told us these stories and we will eventually pass them down to ours. In this time of age the most common fairytales are Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and The Beast and many more. Children idolize their favorite character and pretend to be them by mimicking everything they do in the stories. The character’s behavior is what is viewed as appropriate in society.
It is known that because of precedence,princesses must be adored and this is simply because of their outstanding appearance. By examining the fairy tales of “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”, Perrault’s version of “Cinderella”, and “Pretty Goldilocks”, it will be evident that the stories revolve around one-dimensional, narcissistic individuals, otherwise known as Princesses.In “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” the princess is first introduced as a child who “had all the perfections imaginable”. (Perrault, Sleeping 66) As well, after fairies had been summoned to serve her, each one gave her a gift: to be the most beautiful person in the world, have the wit of an angel, as well as wonderful grace in everything that she did. The author creates the portrait of a shallow character which has been blessed with cursory traits. It is important to note that the princess was not born with such characterisitcs, but the fairies, looking out for her best interest and serving her, use their supernatural powers so that she might possess these apparently essential qualities.